Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he wants to “triple down” on efforts to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia, noting global implications beyond Europe that have “no off-ramp.”
While appearing on Fox News Sunday, Graham listed several actions he believes the United States should take to support Ukraine, including passing a $33 billion supplemental package with $20 billion for weapons.
“I think we should do everything within our power,” Graham said. “I’m not asking for troops on the ground, but to make sure that Ukraine can expel Russia and that Putin is a war criminal in the eyes of the world and he’s prosecuted. Putin must go.”
In addition to prosecuting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Graham said Russia should also be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.
“There is no off-ramp,” Graham stated. “If we back off prosecuting Putin as a war criminal, all the laws on the books become a joke. If we don’t get this right, China will certainly invade Taiwan. There is no off-ramp in this war. Somebody is going to win, and somebody is going to lose.”
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Graham admitted that Putin could intensify his efforts with the use of chemical weapons, which the senator said “would be an attack on NATO because the radiation would go all over Europe.”
“If Putin is still standing after all this, then the world is going to be a very dark place. China is going to get the wrong signal, and we will have a mess on our hands in Europe for decades to come,” Graham said. “So let’s take out Putin by helping Ukraine.”
Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 4, 2022
The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out.
You would be doing your country - and the world - a great service.
In March, Graham’s calls for Putin’s removal from power, including hints at assassination efforts, were met with rebukes from both Republicans and Democrats. The Republican senator stood by his statement, adding "the sooner the better."
Later that month, while visiting Poland, President Joe Biden also said Putin “cannot remain in power.” The White House later attempted to walk back his comments, calling them an expression of “moral outrage” and not a statement of policy.
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Graham also discussed with Bret Baier the leaked draft of the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Women’s Health Organization, which seemed to indicate that the Supreme Court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“I think Roe v. Wade created a constitutional right that doesn’t exist in the written Constitution,” Graham said. “It’s created division from the first day it was decided until now. If it does get repealed, which I hope it will, the issue goes back to the states, but Congress will still stay involved …The abortion debate will not go away in the country, it will be decided by the people, not a handful of judges.”